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Roger Farinha

Founder, New American Spring

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Our New World Order

I propose that our world has reached the point of being able to transcend the capitalist verses the communist, the entrepreneurial verses the socialist debate. I say we can do this if we seize upon one of the most central insights about our nature as human beings--that we are creative and noble creatures, in essence.

What if our paradigm for "success" is transformed from material accumulation for the individual or private interest to creative contribution to all humanity? Is this possible? Are we there yet?

You may respond to this idea generally, considering only its proposition in these three short paragraphs, or you may check out its more nuanced presentation at my Facebook pager here:



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    Nov 14 2012: The current world order is the product of the human heart. Greed, malice, envy, strife, corruption, selfishness, ignorance, apathy, etc. etc. The blueprint for a new world order must include turning people's hearts from evil to good. Consider the implications of mankind being genuinely motivated by love; joy; peace; patient endurance; gentleness; goodness; and faith. Our myriad problems will not be solved by awakening some innate nobility lying dormant within us. Nor will we find deliverance in organized religion. Those are what got us here. The problem is spiritual, not natural. The solution must be other than some natural, biological ability. Mankind must seek God while he can be found. Changed hearts come only from the maker of hearts who is God. Time is running out. Thank you!
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      Nov 14 2012: There IS an underlying spiritual philosophy behind this concept of a new world order. Basically, it is posited on the spiritual reality of mankind's Triune nature, as Creative, Communal, and Joyful. The creative aspect has been traditionally expressed in materialistic innovation driven by capitalism; the communal has been expressed by mankind's stubborn socialistic aspirations. The joyful--well, in the various ways people have found exuberance and celebration of life.

      What I am getting at here is a holistic treatment of our spiritual natures, so that we can regain balance and harmony.
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        Nov 14 2012: Thank you. It was not clear that your idea includes something beyond humanism. Again, best wishes in changing mankind's current collision course. No surrender!

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